While his former team continued to sink on Saturday night in Orlando,  Magic alumnus J.J. Redick received a standing ovation from his new fans in Milwaukee.

J.J. didn’t disappoint, scoring 16 points and dishing seven assists in 35 minutes in the Bucks’ 103-102 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Redick was dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline, sent to the Bucks, along with Ish Smith and Goose Ayon.

The Bucks sent to Orlando – Beno Idrih, Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb – made their debuts in a118-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavs.

The Bucks have a shot to make the playoffs. Redick had no chance of that in Orlando – this season or next. J.J. won’t have to endure what might be a historic season – and not the kind of history you want to make.

This could be the worst Magic team of all time.

It has a chance to break the record for fewest wins.

The franchise’s expansion club won just 18 games.

Today’s Magic are 15-41.

Surely, they can stumble into four more wins with 26 games remaining, right?

Now is not the time to take that wager after the Magic lost to the 18-37 Cleveland Cavs by 22 points on Saturday night.

Can the Magic avoid such infamy?

The answer is:

It doesn’t matter.

In fact, the more losses, the better, at this stage.

Better to firmly entrench themselves in the running of the lottery balls. Better to have the best chance – 25 of 100 – to win the overall pick and select who they think is the best college player in the draft.

For suffering fans, it’s about the only sort of compensation available.

Brian Schmitz is the Magic Insider for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at bschmitz@tribune.com. And you can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@magicinsider.